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Five things to know about this week’s COVID-19 report

Details from the report released May 12.
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COVID-19 is dropping according to the latest Saskatchewan numbers released Thursday.

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health's weekly COVID-19 integrated epidemiology (EPI) report was issued Thursday, May 12 for the period ending May 7, and there are a few things you should know.

More doses administered

From May 1 to 7, 23,380 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the province. Ninety-seven per cent of those were third and fourth booster doses.

Numbers down for cases, hospitalizations 

According to the EPI report for May 1-7, 710 new cases were confirmed reflecting about 0.6 laboratory-confirmed cases per 1,000 population and lower than the number of new cases in the previous week (765).

Total COVID-19 hospitalizations stand at 321, down 69 from the previous report’s 390.

Total COVID adult ICU/ICU surge is 16, down four.

Average daily admissions over past seven days are 22, down eight. 

Total COVID related illness is 125, down ten. 

Total incidental COVID infection is 186, down 52. 

Total patient under investigation is 10, down eight. 

Deaths are up

There were 19 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths for May1-7, up from 14 in the previous week. Eleven were ages 70-plus.

Omicron BA.2 is almost totally dominant 

The Omicron BA.2 sublineage accounted for 94.8 per cent of variants of concern reported, up from 83.4 per cent.

Other respiratory viruses have higher test positivity in Saskatchewan than COVID-19

The province is reporting higher test positivity rates for other respiratory virus detections in the province than COVID-19.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV): 14 per cent test positivity. 

Influenza: 12 per cent test positivity. 

Enterorhinovirus - 11 per cent test positivity.

For COVID-19, less than one in 10 laboratory tests were positive. The weekly test positivity of 7.6 per cent is a decrease from the previous week's 10.1 per cent. Test positivity this week was the highest in rural South East and Central East zones.

A total of 7,099 laboratory tests were performed in Saskatchewan, reflecting 5.9 tests performed per 1,000 population. The number of tests was lower than the number of tests in the previous week (7,337).